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Lauren Landau

Host, Art Beat

Landau joined the Metro Connection team in May 2011 as the program’s first-ever intern. She started with smaller assignments, and gradually worked her way up to reporting full stories. In her time at WAMU, Landau has reported both non-narrated pieces and long-form packages. She currently serves as the host of Art Beat, a daily program that updates listeners on arts and cultural events happening in the D.C. area. She is also the editorial assistant for Metro Connection, and continues to contribute stories for the program. Landau graduated from American University’s School of Communication with a BA in Journalism.


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Hundreds of heels stampeded through Dupont Circle last night for the 27th annual High Heel Race. A crowd of people, including men, women and plenty of men dressed as women, braced themselves behind the starting line next to Colbalt bar and nightclub on 17th Street NW as Mayor Vincent Gray grabbed a bullhorn. "Are you ready? Take your marks! Get set! Go!" Gray yelled....
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Oct. 30-Nov. 17: I Am My Own Wife Starting tomorrow, Rep Stage presents I Am My Own Wife, the 2004 Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play by Doug Wright. Based on a true story, the production tells the tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf,...
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Oct. 28-Nov. 17: Love in Afghanistan In Charles Randolph-Wright’s Love in Afghanistan, hip-hop artist Duke travels to Bagram Airfield to entertain the troops. But his trip takes an unexpected turn when he meets Roya, a beautiful and feisty interpreter. As the two dev...
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On a Friday morning, students from D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts gathered at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where they spread out on rubber mats, following directions from yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin. The class was offered as part of Yoga: The Art of Transformation, which is on view through January 26. In college, Baldwin majored in art history a...
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Pete Bergen organizes comedy, improv and stand-up shows in the D.C. area under the group name Chinese Menu Comedy. Tonight he and other comics will get crowds laughing at a benefit event for ...
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Oct. 26: Nosferatu Halloween isn’t until next week, but if you’re already feeling the spooky spirit, Arlington’s Artisphere has you covered. Tomorrow night you can head to the venue at 8 for a screening of the classic silent film ...
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A new film festival kicks off this week in Middleburg, Va., and unlike other local film festivals, this one doesn't follow a theme. The inaugural Middleburg Film Festival (MFF) kicks off on Oct. 24 and runs through Oct. 27. It will feature a limited selection of 25 hand-picked feature-length narratives and documentaries....
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In the Forest, She Grew Fangs is a new play with some classic folktale references. And while the thriller makes clear references to Little Red Riding Hood, it's not an adaptation, but more of a loose re-imagining. It is, however, pretty dark. Meg...
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Oct. 24: Kronos Quartet Tonight at 8 you can head to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre in College Park for a concert celebrating the Kronos Quartet’s 40th anniversary. Legen...
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Oct. 23-Jan. 26, 2014: Yoga: The Art of Transformation Yoga has become popular in recent years, but now you can look past the trendy mats and stretchy pants in an exhibit showcasing more than 2,000 years of the discipline’s visual culture and history. Yoga: The Art of Transformation is on view ...
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Oct. 22-Jan. 31, 2014: icons of the desert Some of the earliest and rarest paintings by Indigenous Australian artists are on view at the Embassy of Australia through January 31. Icons of the desert Curator Margo Smith says the works, which were cr...
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Oct. 21-Dec. 1: Romeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet, the classic tragedy by William Shakespeare, is on stage at Folger Theatre through December 1. Directed by three-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner, the play follows two young people wh...
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Washington Improv Theater (WIT) has brought improvisational performances to D.C. audiences for 15 years. Now for the first time, the group is travelling across the Anacostia River to educate and entertain Ward 8 residents.  WIT's artistic and executive director Mark Chalfant says the company's first partnership with the ...
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Oct. 19: Ustad Shafaat Khan Tomorrow night at 8 you can hear Indian classical musician Ustad Shafaat Khan play with a four-some of performers at The Alden in McLean. In addition to original numbers blending Indian classical music with folk and rock, Khan, who plays both the si...
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Oct. 18: Mariza After taking time off to care for her first-born son, Portuguese-Mozambican singer Mariza is making her return to the stage. Her first North American tour in four years opens tomorrow night at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax at 8 p.m. Best-known fo...
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Oct. 17: Balé Folclórico da Bahia Brazil’s only professional folk dance company Balé Folclórico da Bahia is coming to Prince George's Publick Playhouse tomorrow night at 8. The group expresses Bahian culture through a blend of classica...
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Oct. 15: Les Violons du Roy with Stephanie Blythe String ensemble Les Violons du Roy will be joined by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe tonight in the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda. Starting at 8 p.m. the Quebec-based chamber orchestra will perform a historically informed...
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If you drive past National Harbor in the next couple of weeks, you might notice three peaks of a large white tent. That's the site of a show called Odysseo by the circus group Cavalia, which marries equestrian and performance art with high-tech multimedia and special effects. Odysseo is the world's largest touring big top, with a stage that, at 17,500 square feet, is larger th...
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Oct. 14-Jan. 26, 2013: Van Gogh Repetitions People often imagine Vincent Van Gogh wildly moving his brush across a canvas, hastily creating his work. But the 19th century artist could also be methodical and controlled. Now through January 26 you can see ...
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With more publications turning to the web, many have suggested that print is dying. But don't tell that to Kate Jenkins, the founder and editor-in-chief of a new D.C.-based literary magazine called The Intentional that addresses issues of identity and community. Jenkins says she started the magazine about a year-and-a-half ago when she was going through a "quarter-life crisis...